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ACHE NJ Summer Webinar Series: “Healthcare Safety: Protecting Patients and Front Line Staff”

July 28, 2020 | 5:30PM EST | Register Here

Join us for the third installment of American College of Healthcare – NJ Chapter’s multi-section summer webinar series! This series of webinars has been designed to help educate our healthcare leaders and to stay current during this period of time that has proven to be unprecedented.

Virtually connect with colleagues across the state and region to learn from a thought-provoking and inspiring group of leaders selected for you. All are welcome!

“Healthcare Safety:
Protecting Patients and Front Line Staff”

This webinar will present a framework for a patient safety program that protects patients and healthcare providers from preventable injury. The program will encompass various aspects of a patient safety program including prevention protocols, reporting mechanisms, and the utilization of telehealth to meet the needs of patient care while maintaining the highest standards of safety for our patients and front line staff.

Participants will learn what organizational infrastructure is required to successfully implement an effective patient safety program.


Lina Shihabuddin, MD, DFAPA
Chief Medical Officer,
Primary Care Service Line,
RWJBarnabas- Rutgers Medical Group

With over 25 years of experience as a clinical healthcare executive, Dr. Lina Shihabuddin serves as the Chief Medical Officer for RWJBarnabas-Rutgers Medical Group. In this role, she has strategic accountability and responsibility for over 300 primary care providers in both faculty and community primary care practices. As part of the COVID-19 response team for the health system, Dr. Shihabuddin deployed telemedicine across the entirety of the medical group within a few days of the COVID-19 pandemic and assembled a rapid response Intensive Transitions of Care from different assets within RWJBarnabas Health system to decompress the health system’s inpatient and emergency room capacity due to the high influx of COVID-19 cases. These rapid responses were critical to RWJBarnabas Health’s ability to care for our patients, their families, and our communities through better care and better quality.

Prior to being promoted to the CMO role for the Primary Care Service Line at RWJBarnabas-Rutgers Medical Group, Dr. Shihabuddin served as the CMO for Behavioral Health at RWJBarnabas Health where she built the largest behavioral health network in the State of New Jersey with psychiatrics, psychologists, advance practice providers, and licensed social workers in both inpatient and ambulatory sites. She has also served as a Director Senior’s Mental Wellness and Memory Program at Columbus Hospital and served as the Medical Staff President, Medical Director of Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Director MIRECC Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center.

A graduate of the American University of Beirut School of Medicine, Dr. Shihabuddin completed a psychiatry residency at Case Western University and dual fellowships in both Neuroimaging and Geriatric Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Care, the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (with added Geriatric Psychiatry qualifications), and the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Shihabuddin holds a faculty appointment as the Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine, has received multiple multi-million dollar grants from the Veterans Administration and Eli Lilly, and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications from journals to book chapters. A frequent speaker at lecture series, Dr. Shihabuddin has also served as Chairman for several national task forces

ACHE-NJ Summer Webinar Series: “Unconscious Bias”

July 14, 2020 | 5:30PM EST | Register Here

Join us for the second installment of American College of Healthcare – NJ Chapter’s multi-section summer webinar series! This series of webinars has been designed to help educate our healthcare leaders and to stay current during this period of time that has proven to be unprecedented.

Virtually connect with colleagues across the state and region to learn from a thought-provoking and inspiring group of leaders selected for you. All are welcome!

Unconscious Bias

The increasing diversity in the US population is reflected in the patients who healthcare professionals treat. Unfortunately, this diversity is not always represented by the demographic characteristics of healthcare professionals themselves. Patients from underrepresented groups in the United States can experience the effects of unintentional cognitive (unconscious) biases that derive from cultural stereotypes in ways that perpetuate health inequities.

Unconscious bias can also affect healthcare professionals in many ways, including patient-clinician interactions, hiring and promotion, and their own interprofessional interactions. The strategies described in this article can help us recognize and mitigate unconscious bias and can help create an equitable environment in healthcare, including the field of infectious diseases. (Source)


Wayne M. Boatwright, MHA, CDM
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion,
Hackensack Meridian Health

Wayne Boatwright is Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Hackensack Meridian Health, where he leads the company’s diversity initiative for 16 hospitals, including three academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, two rehabilitation hospitals, more than 450 patient care sites and physician offices. He has appeared as a keynote speaker at the National Leadership and Education Conference for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, and as a guest speaker at the MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association’s Annual Dinner and the Connecticut Hospital Associations Regional Health Equity Council.

Wayne has over 20 years of experience partnering with senior management in ensuring the most productive use of human assets. His areas of focus include diversity management, employee relations, strategic planning, and fostering a culture that makes growth possible. Because of this expertise, Wayne is often called upon for speaking engagements and interviews. He has appeared as a keynote speaker at the National Leadership and Education Conference for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, and as a guest speaker for the Massachusetts Hospital Association’s annual conference, the New Jersey State Association Medical Staff Services Education Conference, the MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association’s Annual Dinner and the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Regional Health Equity Council. Wayne’s interviews have appeared in various publications, including the 4th edition of Tyler’s Guide: The Healthcare Executive’s Job Search, Modern Healthcare, The Diversity Factor and Bridges, a newsletter published by the American Hospitals Association

Wayne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Francis Marion University, and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and is a doctoral student in the School of Health Sciences at Walden University. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. He is a Board member of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, the United Way of Monmouth County and Ocean Counties, and the Fulfill of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Wayne is a commissioner with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters and Chair Emeritus of the American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare.

COVID-19: What We Learned- Staffing/People Resource

June 30, 2020 | 5:30PM EST | Register Here

Join us for our the first of American College of Healthcare Executives – NJ Chapter’s multi-section summer webinar series! This series of webinars has been designed to help educate our healthcare leaders and to stay current during this unprecedented period of time.

Virtually connect with colleagues across the state and region to learn from a thought-provoking and inspiring group of leaders selected for you. All are welcome!

“COVID-19: What We Learned – Staffing/People Resource”

Emergency management requires precise identification and allocation of staff to align capabilities and capacity with the need to effectively deliver care for the community. The COVID-19 outbreak caused a substantial shift in the availability of staff and resources, and the accessibility of timely delivery of care. In response to the evolving needs, organizations have shifted staff in a variety of ways to ensure they were able to effectively screen, triage and care for patients. This webinar will provide strategies and tactics of how organizations adjusted their staffing structure to ensure that the most appropriate level of care is delivered during a medical surge such as the COVID-19.



Maureen A. Schneider,

Dr. Schneider is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Chilton Medical Center, Atlantic Health System. She has worked in New York and New Jersey and has held several executive management positions including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse Executive. Her leadership and clinical career began at New York Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing, an MBA from Monmouth University, and a doctorate in Philosophy from Seton Hall University, she is certified in Advanced Nursing Administration, Quality Healthcare, is a Fellow in the College of Healthcare Executives, and a Johnson and Johnson Executive Wharton Fellow, Master TeamStepps safety leader and earned a Black Belt/Lean/Six Sigma certificate from Villanova University.

Dr. Schneider holds leadership positions on several Boards: Chair of Springpoint Life, Board of Directors for NJ Nurse Organization of Leaders, Board of Directors for NJH Business Solutions, Past President of Executive Women of New Jersey, past chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of NJ-American College of Healthcare Executives, past vice chair for the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills and past chair for NJ Nurse Executive Constituency group.

She is adjunct faculty at Seton Hall University for doctoral and graduate students in business and leadership. Dr. Schneider is a recipient of several awards, Hospital Executive, New Jersey State Nurses Association Leadership Award, the NJ-ONE Executive award, a recipient of the Executive Women’s award for Policy Makers and the prestigious Top 50 NJ Women in Business.

Virtual Meet & Greet

JUNE 11, 2020
5:30PM – 7:00PM

In this time of not being able to have face-to-face gatherings, we would like to offer the opportunity to join us as we host a “Virtual Meet & Greet.”

This virtual event is geared towards our newest members of ACHE-NJ, as the program’s goals are to share our network’s overall purpose, hear from the ACHE-NJ Board and Committee Chairs, learn about each of our unique communities, and of course network with each other.

It is a great way to connect with others during a time where we may feel so far apart. Look forward to seeing you soon!


Resiliency for Healthcare Heroes:Strength and Courage to Overcome COVID-19

In Case You Missed It…


“Resiliency for Healthcare Heroes:
Strength and Courage to Overcome COVID-19″

The onset of COVID-19 has resulted in tremendous disruption not only in healthcare operations, but in healthcare professionals’ own sense of psychological safety and resilience as well. During this 20-minute presentation, participants will learn sustainable strategies and practical approaches to address well-being and resiliency for healthcare professionals in today’s challenging healthcare environment.


Patrick Swift, PhD, MBA, CSSBB, FACHE

Dr. Patrick Swift is a thought leader on advancing the human experience in healthcare operations and leadership. He brings 20+ years experience as a healthcare provider and executive leader at both the hospital and system level having served at RWJBarnabas Health, New York-Presbyterian, NYU Langone, and Select Specialty Hospital, where he most recently served as CEO. He is a results-oriented Senior Executive with a strong record of success in healthcare operations as a certified Six-Sigma Black Belt.

Dr. Swift earned a PhD from the University of Connecticut in Clinical Psychology, completed his postdoctoral fellowship from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and earned his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has served as a clinical assistant professor at NYU School of Medicine and published in the scientific literature and popular press. Dr. Swift is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

ACHE-NJ Annual Regent Breakfast & Awards

January 31st, 2020

7:30 am – 8:00 am – Coffee and Networking
8:00 am – 10:00 am – ACHE-NJ’s Annual Breakfast
(precedes NJHA’s Annual Meeting)

Hyatt Regency Princeton
Witherspoon Ballroom
102 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ 08540

Each year, the ACHE-NJ and Regent presents awards to candidates who are affiliated with the College or who support its purpose, goals and functions, among other necessary qualifying criteria. These awards include the Early Careerist Award, Senior Careerist Award, Innovation Award, Business Partner Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Additionally, this year, we are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be ACHE Chairman-elect Michael J. Fosina, FACHE, who serves as president of New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y. and senior vice president, New York-Presbyterian, New York.

After the breakfast, New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) will celebrate its 101st Annual Meeting and Luncheon and online registration is now open for members to join them in marking over a century of service to the healthcare community and people of New Jersey.

To attend only the ACHENJ Annual Breakfast, please go to the NJHA website below and choose the option for ACHENJ Annual Breakfast Only.


Speed Networking with Healthcare Leaders of Today



Thursday, January 23rd 2019


Registration: 5:30pm
Program begins 6pm


JFK Conference center 70 James Street, Edison NJ

In Speed Networking, small groups of attendees meet with healthcare leaders for short, focused conversations about topics of personal and professional development. Students and early- or mid-careerists are encouraged to attend. All are welcome!

Healthcare Leaders:

Speed Networking of Healthcare Leaders Today- Bios as of 1 21 20

  1.   Amie Thornton- COO, JFK Medical Center
  2.   Bryson D Palmer- AVP, Operations, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health
  3.   Mark Lederman- Director, Information Technology, Atlantic Health Health System
  4.   Josh Bershad, MD, MBA – Executive Vice President, Physician Services, RWJBarnabas Health
  5.   Thomas Kloos, MD- Population Health, Atlantic Health System
  6.   Michael Knecht, MBA, FACHE- Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Communications
  7.   Jan Schwarz Miller, MD- Quality and Patient Safety, Atlantic Health System
  8.   Julia B Walker, ESQ, Assistant General Counsel, Atlantic Health System
  9.   Moses Salami, Director, Marketing and Communications, Holy Name Medical Center
  10.   Christopher Herzog, Chief Operation Officer, Atlantic Medical Group

Best Practices in Adapting to Local Regulations, Markets and Trends




Tuesday October 29th, 2019  5:30pm – 8:30pm


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place New Brunswick NJ

Program Description:

The combination of national and state legislation, and local economic conditions, market trends and health condition trends influence organizational strategies. Healthcare executives are challenged with understanding and addressing the various needs of the population in the community and factors that influence the financial status of the organization. Healthcare executive must lead the organization to adapt to ever-changing situations as well as developing strategies to achieve future goals. Join us as ACHENJ presents an engaging discussion around New Jersey’s latest legislations, economic drivers, and marketplace trends that will shape the future of our state’s healthcare delivery systems.


Kim Goryeb
Morristown Medical Center


Eliza Ng, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer of Population Health
RWJBarnabas Health

Adam Beder, MBA
Vice President, Government Relations
Hackensack Meridian Health

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Networking Event

Hyatt Regency New Brunswick

September 19, 2019 6pm – 9pm

CLick Here To Register Now!


ACHENJ – American College of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey

HLNDV – Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley

HPMSNJ – Healthcare Planning & Marketing Society of New Jersey

HIMSS – Healthcare Information and Management System Society N

AHSE – National Association of Health Services Executives

Prospective members and students welcome


$30 Members
$35 Non members
$10 Students

“Dual Panel Event: Closing the Healthcare Disparities Gap and Advancing Inclusion for LGBT Patients” sponsored RWJBH Somerset.

Another great ACHENJ event!! Scroll down to see photos from this event…..

When: May 7th, 2019 from 10AM – 2PM
Where: RWJBarnabas Health Somerset Campus

Anthony Cava, MS, MPH, FACHE
CEO/President of Robert Wood Johnson-Somerset

Panel 1: Equity of Care:

Shereef Elnahal, M.D., M.B.A
New Jersey Commissioner of Health
State of New Jersey, Department of Health

Trina Parks, MHA, FACHE
Chief Diversity Officer
RWJBarnabas Health

Christian Mendez-Baez, MA
New Jersey Community Research Initiative

Tyra Gardner
MPowerment Coordinator
New Jersey Community Research Initiative

Panel 2: Fostering Inclusion of LGBT Patients in the Health Care Workforce:

Diana Finkel, D.O.
Assistant Professor, Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School
Medical Director, Transgender Experience- New Jersey Community Research Initiative

Jackie Baras, MSN, MBA, RN
LGBT Health Navigator
RWJBarnabas Health

Aaron Potenza, MA, MPHIL
Policy Director
Garden State Equality

Jeremy Pyke, MSN, APN, FNP-c
Advance Practice Nurse
RWJBH Somerset Proud Family Health Clinic